Clinical/Translational Cancer Immunotherapy

Section edited by F. Stephen Hodi, Jr., MD

First-in-man clinical trials, phase II/III clinical studies, immune monitoring investigations, tumor microenvironment, host genetics and clinical outcome, combination therapies, and cell therapies.

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  1. Short report

    Basal cell carcinoma: PD-L1/PD-1 checkpoint expression and tumor regression after PD-1 blockade

    Monoclonal antibodies that block immune regulatory proteins such as programmed death-1 (PD-1) have demonstrated remarkable efficacy in controlling the growth of multiple tumor types. Unresectable or metastatic...

    Evan J. Lipson, Mohammed T. Lilo, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Patricia Brothers, Megan Schollenberger, William H. Sharfman and Janis M. Taube

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2017 5:23

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Ex vivo Akt inhibition promotes the generation of potent CD19CAR T cells for adoptive immunotherapy

    Insufficient persistence and effector function of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-redirected T cells have been challenging issues for adoptive T cell therapy. Generating potent CAR T cells is of increasing imp...

    Ryan Urak, Miriam Walter, Laura Lim, ChingLam W. Wong, Lihua E. Budde, Sandra Thomas, Stephen J. Forman and Xiuli Wang

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2017 5:26

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Safety, tumor trafficking and immunogenicity of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells specific for TAG-72 in colorectal cancer

    T cells engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) have established efficacy in the treatment of B-cell malignancies, but their relevance in solid tumors remains undefined. Here we report results ...

    Kristen M. Hege, Emily K. Bergsland, George A. Fisher, John J. Nemunaitis, Robert S. Warren, James G. McArthur, Andy A. Lin, Jeffrey Schlom, Carl H. June and Stephen A. Sherwin

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2017 5:22

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  4. Research article

    CCR7+ selected gene-modified T cells maintain a central memory phenotype and display enhanced persistence in peripheral blood in vivo

    Adoptive T cell immunotherapy (ATCT) for cancer entails infusing patients with T cells that recognise and destroy tumour cells. Efficient engraftment of T cells and persistence in the circulation correlate wit...

    Gray Kueberuwa, Hannah Gornall, Erik Marcelo Alcantar-Orozco, Deborah Bouvier, Zainul Abedin Kapacee, Robert Edward Hawkins and David Edward Gilham

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2017 5:14

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  5. Case report

    Clinical and immunologic correlates of response to PD-1 blockade in a patient with metastatic renal medullary carcinoma

    Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a rare kidney tumor that occurs in adolescent and young adults, typically in association with sickle cell trait. RMC exhibits rapid disease progression, frequent metastases a...

    Kathryn E. Beckermann, Pradeep C. Jolly, Ju Y. Kim, Jennifer Bordeaux, Igor Puzanov, W. Kimryn Rathmell and Douglas B. Johnson

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2017 5:1

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Radiotherapy and MVA-MUC1-IL-2 vaccine act synergistically for inducing specific immunity to MUC-1 tumor antigen

    We previously demonstrated that tumor irradiation potentiates cancer vaccines using genetic modification of tumor cells in murine tumor models. To investigate whether tumor irradiation augments the immune resp...

    Gilda G. Hillman, Lyndsey A. Reich, Shoshana E. Rothstein, Lisa M. Abernathy, Matthew D. Fountain, Kali Hankerd, Christopher K. Yunker, Joseph T. Rakowski, Eric Quemeneur and Philippe Slos

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2017 5:4

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  7. Research article

    A phase IB study of ipilimumab with peginterferon alfa-2b in patients with unresectable melanoma

    Ipilimumab and peginterferon alfa-2b are established systemic treatment options for melanoma that have distinct mechanisms of action. Given the need for improved therapies for advanced melanoma, we conducted a...

    Andrew S. Brohl, Nikhil I. Khushalani, Zeynep Eroglu, Joseph Markowitz, Ram Thapa, Y. Ann Chen, Ragini Kudchadkar and Jeffrey S. Weber

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:85

    Published on: 20 December 2016

  8. Research article

    Immune-related response assessment during PD-1 inhibitor therapy in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer patients

    Tumor response characteristics using immune-related RECIST1.1 (irRECIST1.1) in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with nivolumab monotherapy in the clinical setting have not been prev...

    Mizuki Nishino, Nikhil H. Ramaiya, Emily S. Chambers, Anika E. Adeni, Hiroto Hatabu, Pasi A. Jänne, F. Stephen Hodi and Mark M. Awad

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:84

    Published on: 20 December 2016

  9. Research article

    5-Fluorouracil upregulates cell surface B7-H1 (PD-L1) expression in gastrointestinal cancers

    Resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle in the effective treatment of cancer patients. B7-homolog 1, also known as programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), is an immunoregulatory protein that is overexpressed...

    Lauren Van Der Kraak, Gaurav Goel, Krishnaveni Ramanan, Christof Kaltenmeier, Lin Zhang, Daniel P. Normolle, Gordon J. Freeman, Daolin Tang, Katie S. Nason, Jon M. Davison, James D. Luketich, Rajeev Dhupar and Michael T. Lotze

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:65

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  10. Research article

    Safety and efficacy of anti-PD-1 in patients with baseline cardiac, renal, or hepatic dysfunction

    Anti-PD-1 therapy is increasingly used in various advanced malignancies. Patients with baseline organ dysfunction are largely excluded from clinical trials. Therefore it is unclear whether anti-PD-1 therapy is...

    Bridgette A. Kanz, Megan H. Pollack, Romany Johnpulle, Igor Puzanov, Leora Horn, Alicia Morgans, Jeffrey A. Sosman, Suthee Rapisuwon, R. Martin Conry, Zeynep Eroglu and Douglas B. Johnson

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:60

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  11. Short report

    High-dose interleukin2 – a 10-year single-site experience in the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma: careful selection of patients gives an excellent outcome

    VEGF-targeted therapy has become the mainstay of treatment for majority of mRCC patients. For most patients, benefit is short-lived and therefore treatment remains palliative in intent. HD IL2 is an effective ...

    S. Chow, V. Galvis, M. Pillai, R. Leach, E. Keene, A. Spencer-Shaw, A. Shablak, J. Shanks, T. Liptrot, F. Thistlethwaite and R. E. Hawkins

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:67

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  12. Meeting report

    Perspectives in immunotherapy: meeting report from the “Immunotherapy Bridge”, Napoli, December 5th 2015

    Harnessing the immune system and preventing immune escape, the immunotherapy of cancer provides great potential for clinical application, in broad patient populations, achieving both conventional and unconvent...

    Paolo A. Ascierto, Maria Libera Ascierto, Silvia Formenti, Sacha Gnjatic, Hans Hammers, Vera Hirsh, Rolf Kiessling, Ignacio Melero, Rita Nanda, Graham Pawelec, Sandro Pignata, Pedro Romero, Daniel E. Speiser, Bernard A. Fox and Francesco M. Marincola

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:62

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  13. Research article

    Expansion of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) from human pancreatic tumors

    We evaluated whether tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) could be expanded from surgically resected tumors from pancreatic cancer patients.

    MacLean Hall, Hao Liu, Mokenge Malafa, Barbara Centeno, Pamela J. Hodul, José Pimiento, Shari Pilon-Thomas and Amod A. Sarnaik

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:61

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  14. Research article

    A retrospective analysis of High-Dose Interleukin-2 (HD IL-2) following Ipilimumab in metastatic melanoma

    High dose interleukin-2 (HD IL-2) can induce durable responses in a subset of patients leading to long-term survival. Immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) has demonstrated similarly durable responses in a larger p...

    Elizabeth I. Buchbinder, Anasuya Gunturi, Jessica Perritt, Janice Dutcher, Sandra Aung, Howard L. Kaufman, Marc S. Ernstoff, Girald P. Miletello, Brendan D. Curti, Gregory A. Daniels, Sapna P. Patel, John M. Kirkwood, Sigrun Hallmeyer, Joseph I. Clark, Rene Gonzalez, John M. Richart…

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:52

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  15. Research article

    Phase II study of vemurafenib followed by ipilimumab in patients with previously untreated BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma

    Ipilimumab (IPI), an anti-CTLA-4 antibody, and vemurafenib (VEM), a BRAF inhibitor, have distinct mechanisms of action and shared toxicities (e.g., skin, gastrointestinal [GI] and hepatobiliary disorders) that...

    Asim Amin, David H. Lawson, April K.S. Salama, Henry B. Koon, Troy Guthrie, Sajeve S. Thomas, Steven J. O’Day, Montaser F. Shaheen, Bin Zhang, Stephen Francis and F. Stephen Hodi

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:44

    Published on: 16 August 2016

  16. Research article

    A hypofractionated radiation regimen avoids the lymphopenia associated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy of borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma

    Preclinical studies have shown synergy between radiation therapy and immunotherapy. However, in almost all preclinical models, radiation is delivered in single doses or short courses of high doses (hypofractio...

    Todd Crocenzi, Benjamin Cottam, Pippa Newell, Ronald F. Wolf, Paul D. Hansen, Chet Hammill, Matthew C. Solhjem, Yue-Yun To, Amy Greathouse, Garth Tormoen, Zeljka Jutric, Kristina Young, Keith S. Bahjat, Michael J. Gough and Marka R. Crittenden

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:45

    Published on: 16 August 2016

  17. Research article

    Phenotypic and functional testing of circulating regulatory T cells in advanced melanoma patients treated with neoadjuvant ipilimumab

    We have previously investigated neoadjuvant ipilimumab (ipi) for patients with locally/regionally advanced melanoma. That initial assessment of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) showed a significant in...

    Janet Retseck, Robert VanderWeele, Hui-Min Lin, Yan Lin, Lisa H. Butterfield and Ahmad A. Tarhini

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:38

    Published on: 21 June 2016

  18. Research article

    Progression-free and overall survival in ovarian cancer patients treated with CVac, a mucin 1 dendritic cell therapy in a randomized phase 2 trial

    CAN-003 was a randomized, open-label, Phase 2 trial evaluating the safety, efficacy and immune outcomes of CVac, a mucin 1 targeted-dendritic cell (DC) treatment as a maintenance therapy to patients with epith...

    H. J. Gray, B. Benigno, J. Berek, J. Chang, J. Mason, L. Mileshkin, P. Mitchell, M. Moradi, F. O. Recio, C. M. Michener, A. Alvarez Secord, N E. Tchabo, J. K. Chan, J. Young, H. Kohrt, S. E. Gargosky…

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:34

    Published on: 21 June 2016

  19. Short report

    Concurrent SPECT/PET-CT imaging as a method for tracking adoptively transferred T-cells in vivo

    The ability of T-cells to traffic to and penetrate tumors impacts the clinical efficacy of T-cell therapy therefore methods to track transferred T-cells in vivo are needed. In this preliminary report, we evalu...

    Sasha E. Stanton, Janet F. Eary, Edmond A. Marzbani, David Mankoff, Lupe G. Salazar, Doreen Higgins, Jennifer Childs, Jessica Reichow, Yushe Dang and Mary L. Disis

    Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4:27

    Published on: 17 May 2016

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